Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations
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My first dulcimer was a Backyard Music cardboard kit. The fretboard (mercifully) already had the frets on, and it was easy to assemble. The tone was shockingly good. It's a nice little dulcimer, although it led to other things--a walnut kit from Cedar Creek (fretboard was pre-slotted, and I did not do a great job on putting on the frets, TBH), then my McSpadden, which is the only dulcimer I play now. And that cardboard dulcimer led to first a steel string acoustic, then a Stratocaster, then a nylon/classical acoustic, and now 3 Native Flutes from Highspirits.
That cardboard dulcimer was expensive, LOL. But yes, they make a nice kit, the frets are very well done, and it sounds amazing. They offer with and without a 6+, I didn't know enough to go ahead and get that and regretted that pretty fast. I knew nothing about dulcimers at the time, bought it more as an art kit that I could maybe play sometimes.